- $23 million State Government investment in Doppler radars for WA's agricultural region
- Doppler radars improve weather intelligence for farms and emergency services
The State Government's Royalties for Regions program will invest $23 million in Doppler radar technology to help transform the way Western Australian farmers do business.
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the investment would provide much-needed radar coverage with real-time weather information for farm businesses and rural communities across the agricultural region.
"This transformational technology is about taking farming to the next level," Mr Baston said.
"Doppler radars offer real-time information on weather systems and rainfall intensity that will enable farm businesses to make more informed decisions around sowing, fertiliser and chemical applications."
The project will see the Bureau of Meteorology install and maintain Doppler radars at three sites across the agricultural region.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said weather was one of most important drivers contributing to the success of farm businesses.
"Radar coverage will also provide invaluable information to emergency service providers and the transport industry and enhance community safety during extreme weather," Mr Redman said.
"Royalties for Regions will continue investing in key economic infrastructure, such as this, to build a stronger economy and a better quality of life for residents in regional WA."
A 2014 report commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Food identified three priority areas, including Wubin, Merredin and Lake Grace, that would deliver benefits across the agricultural region to the value of $108 million, with each having a 200 kilometre radius.
The Department of Agriculture and Food's extended network of 130 automated weather stations will be a critical part of the successful deployment of the Doppler technology
This program builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700